PISCATAWAY, NJ – Sophomore goalie Greg Havalchak (Corning, NY) was named the ECAC Lacrosse Defensive Player of the Year for the second consecutive season, and teammate Delby Powless (Hagersville, Ontario) earned First Team All-ECAC honors, the organization announced today." />
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Havalchak Named ECAC Men's Lax Defensive Player of the Year
Havalchak, Powless Earn All-ECAC Honors for Second Consecutive Year
  • Posted on May 17, 2004 12:00:00 AM
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  • PISCATAWAY, NJ – Sophomore goalie Greg Havalchak (Corning, NY) was named the ECAC Lacrosse Defensive Player of the Year for the second consecutive season, and teammate Delby Powless (Hagersville, Ontario) earned First Team All-ECAC honors, the organization announced today.

    Havalchak, who was also named to the All-ECAC First Team, finished the season as the league leader in goals-against average (7.35), saves (172) and save percentage (.628). Nationally, he ranks fourth in goals-against average and second in save percentage.

    In two years as a starter, Havalchak has 362 career saves with a 7.50 goals-against average. His 362 career saves already ranks ninth in school history. Against Dartmouth this season, he stopped a career-high 22 shots, and matched that performance with a 21-save effort in a 14-10 victory over fourth-ranked Syracuse on April 17.

    Havalchak was a two-time winner of the ECAC’s Defensive Player of the Week honor, just one season after earning Rookie of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year honors. He was also tabbed as the top freshmen in the nation by Inside Lacrosse magazine. Last month, he was named one of 15 nominees for the annual Tewaaraton Trophy, which is awarded annually to the top men’s lacrosse player in the country.

    Powless was Rutgers’ leading goal-scorer this year with 31 goals, and he added seven assists for a team-best 38 points. The former Canadian box lacrosse star arrived in Piscataway from Herkimer Community College, and finished his career with 63 goals. Last season, he netted 32 goals to earn First Team All-ECAC honors, and was an honorable mention All-American selection by the USILA.

    Powless scored at least one goal in 12 of 14 games this season, including a seven-goal outburst against Quinnipiac on March 13 that earned him ECAC Offensive Player of the Week honors. He had four goals in wins over Syracuse (April 17) and Dartmouth (Feb. 28).

    Under the direction of third-year head coach Jim Stagnitta, Rutgers finished its season 8-6 overall and earned an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament for the second consecutive year. The Scarlet Knights played five ranked opponents and were ranked in the Top 15 of the USILA coach’s poll every week of the regular season.

    2004 ECAC Men’s Lacrosse Awards

    A Neil Goldman, Georgetown
    A Delby Powless, Rutgers
    A Nate Whitaker, Penn State
    A Kevin Glenz, Massachusetts
    M Chris Doyle, Massachusetts
    M Walid Hajj, Georgetown
    M Andy Corno, Georgetown
    D Matt O’Malley, Penn State
    D Andrew Braziel, Georgetown
    D Reyn Garnett, Georgetown

    G Greg Havalchak, Rutgers
    LS Brodie Merrill, Georgetown

    ECAC Riddell Lacrosse Offensive Player of the Year
    Walid Hajj, Georgetown

    Defensive Player of the Year
    Greg Havalchak, Rutgers

    Rookie of the Year
    Trevor Casey, Georgetown

    Coach of the Year
    Greg Cannella, Massachusetts

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